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The Great American Smokeout November 15th, 2018

by Jane Ashley

The American Cancer Society has designated the third Thursday of every year as The Great American Smokeout. About 38 million people in the U.S. still smoke cigarettes. The statistics about smoking are staggering. 

Great American Smokeout

480,000 deaths annually in the U.S. – 1 in every 5 deaths are caused by smoking
• 16 million people are living with a disease caused by smoking
• Smokers die, on average, 10 years before non-smokers
• Total economic costs - $170 billion in medical costs and $156 billion in lost...

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Medical Marijuana and CBD Oils For Cancer - Pros & Cons

by Jane Ashley

Medical marijuana/medical cannabis is now legal in 31 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. However, most of us don’t understand the different types of medical marijuana that are available and how medical cannabis differs from “smoking pot.” We’ll try to help you understand the differences and how medical cannabis and/or CBD may help you in your cancer diagnosis.

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Medical Marijuana in the Treatment of Cancer

Cannabis

Two cannabinoids, dronabinol and nabilone, are approved...

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Holidays When You're In Cancer Treatment

by Jane Ashley

The holiday season is rapidly approaching. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Diwali, Christmas, Boxing Day, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Three Kings Day, St. Lucia Day, Ramadan, Winter Solstice, St. Nicholas Day or New Year’s Eve/Day ( Saint Basil's Day in Greece) , every nationality and faith seem to have a holiday that occurs in November, December or early January. 

Gift Exchange

Those from other countries bring their holiday traditions with them here to the United States. Almost all “winter festivals and holidays”...

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Caregivers - The Benefits And The Challenges

by Jane Ashley

November is National Family Caregivers Month created by the Caregiver Action Network. Caregivers come in all ages and both sexes. They take care of their spouses, mothers or fathers, siblings or their children. There really is no profile of who family caregivers are – they are both male and female, younger and older.

Caregivers Round The Clock

But this month, we recognize our family caregivers who give so freely to help their loved ones stay at home, with dignity, love, and comfort. For all of us, we’ve become...

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November Cancer Awareness

by GregP_WN

November has Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month,  National Family Caregiver Month, No-Shave November, Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, as well as the Great American Smokeout, and Neuroendocrine Tumor Day. Some information on each is listed below as well as how you can participate in these and make a difference. 

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IASLC is taking part in November 2018's Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM)!

Join the IASLC in helping to raise awareness about lung cancer...

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What is Chemo Induced Peripheral Neuropathy?

by Jane Ashley

Peripheral neuropathy is a common side effect in many cancer patients. Certain families of chemotherapy (platinum compounds, taxanes, vinca alkaloids, epothilones, bortezomib, fluorouracil, and thalidomide) are the most likely to cause chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). CIPN is now one of the most frequent reasons for referral to a pain clinic.

What Is Peripheral Neuropathy

What is peripheral neuropathy?

In the simplest terms, peripheral neuropathy is damage to the nerves in the distant parts of your...

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Honoring Healthy Lung Month - Lung Cancer Awareness Month

by GregP_WN

Every October, we recognize Healthy Lung Month and seek to bring attention to diseases of the lung that affect thousands of Americans every year. Lung cancer and mesothelioma are both among these lung diseases, and both have ties to the dangerous toxin asbestos. In light of Healthy Lung Month and Mesothelioma Awareness Day passing at the end of September, now is the perfect time to highlight asbestos-related diseases and how to work to prevent victims from being diagnosed in the future.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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Emotions You May Experience After Treatment Ends

by Jane Ashley

Most of us expect to feel jubilant and overjoyed when our treatment ends. But many of us find that it’s not that easy to transition back into “normal” life. People who haven’t experienced cancer firsthand, either as a patient or caregiver, don’t realize that just because we’re not taking medications does not mean that our cancer care is over.

Feeling Lonely

Cancer survivors have a “new normal.” We are cautiously optimistic while acknowledging our fear of recurrence. Our values may change – we may isolate...

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Don't Skip Halloween Because You're Bald

by Jane Ashley

Just because we have cancer doesn’t mean that we aren’t supposed to have fun. Sometimes, the best medicine is LAUGHTER – Halloween is a great reason to embrace your bald head. Whether male or female, you can bring smiles to everyone.

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Here are some ideas for Chemo Week or Halloween night Trick-or-Treat.

Get a Henna Tattoo.

Henna tattoos are an ancient art form that has come full circle to help women who have lost their hair from chemotherapy feel beautiful again. The tattoos are done with a...

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Are You Sure You Want to Take Your Chances Without Treatment?

by Jane Ashley

What did you think when you first heard the words, “You have cancer”?

Our Loved Ones Decision

Shock, fear, anger, denial, overwhelmed – even Oh, no…WhatNext?

And for most of us, we wonder if they can treat what we have. Most of us want it cut out, zapped with radiation or killed by chemo – we want it gone – and most of us are willing to go the distance in the pursuit of a successful treatment.

But not everyone feels that way.

Some people might ask, “If I do treatments, how much time will I have left?” Depending on...

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